The Alexa Rose Foundation announced its first round of grants this week.
The grants totaled $67,000 and went to 35 visual artists in the Treasure Valley working in a variety of media. Artist received grants ranging from $330 to $5,000 for specific projects, the purchase of new equipment, continuing education, travel or research.
Though the foundation declined to release the amount that each artist received, board member Anne Wescott said they received about 60 percent of what they requested.
Alexa Rose Howell was a painter, arts supporter, writer, teacher and unshakeable optimist. The wife of Downtown developer and preservationist Ken Howell, she became a quiet force behind the development of Boise’s cultural infrastructure.
Known for her own colorful and whimsical paintings, her soft spot was in helping young artists find their way. In 2008, she opened Gallery Alexa Rose in the Idaho Building to showcase the works of a group of young contemporary artists she wanted to support.
“At this point in my life, I wanted to make a contribution, and this is my area,” she said.
Howell died in 2013 at 65 after a 12-year battle with lymphoma. Her family established the foundation in 2014.
2015 ALEXA ROSE GRANT RECIPIENTS:
• Mixed media sculptor Sue Latta: Expenses related to her residency at the Visual Studies Workshop in New York and travel for photographic research.
• Metal artist Anika Smulovitz: Travel expenses and materials to create a new body of work of wearable objects.
• Mosaic artists Reham Aarti: Participation in a national Society of American Mosaic Artists conference.
• Fiber artist Kathleen Probst: Attendance at a fabric dyeing workshop, mentoring sessions with a selected artist and purchase of equipment.
• Painter Bruce Maurey: Materials to create 25 large-scale Dia de los Muertos images for an exhibition
• Painter Catina Crum: Tuition to complete her BFA at Boise State University
• Photographer Mike Shipman: Equipment and supplies for a body of work entitled Scotland: Senses and Perception.
• Sculptor Susan Madasci Attendance at a Deep Relief Dry Plaster Casting workshop to learn to integrate cast glass with metal work.
• Encaustic painter Heather Bauer: Participation in an advanced encaustic art workshop in New York City.
• Scuptor Saratops McDonald: Materials for a solo exhibition at the Visual Arts Collective.
• Puppet fabricator Willow Socia: Participation in the New England Puppet Workshop.
• Painter Nancy Panganiban: Participation in an assemblage workshop in Chiapas, Mexico
• Filmmaker Zach Voss: Production of a series of short films adapted from Story Story Night
• Photographer Allison Corona: Attendance at the Santa Fe Photographic Marketing workshop
• Jewelery artist and metalworker Melissa Osgood: Attendance at a wax carving workshop in New Mexico
• Painter Tara Kennedy: Paint and studio storage to complete a large project.
• Photographer Glenn Oakley: Collaboration with a film composer for a film on the Boise Front Range as well as production of prints from the film.
• Filmmaker Ron Torres: Production of 52 day-in-the-life films in a new series titled “NAME.”
• Painter Sue Vanasouk: Participation in art classes at the University of Washington.
• Painter Chi E Shenam Westin: Attendance at a mentoring program in Taos, New Mexico.
• Painter and printmaker Kirsten Furlong: Travel and other expenses related to her Artist in Residency at the Crooked Tree Art Center in Petoskey, Michigan.
• Painter Evangelina Ramos: Workstation and art supplies for a new body of work.
• Photographer Kelsey Meeker: Participation in a Digital Media class at the College of Idaho
• Painter Rick Friesen: Completion of his mural behind McU Sports
• Printmaker Karl LeClair: Supplies and display materials for the completion of a solo exhibition at Boise State University.
• Painter Marlee Merrill: Participation in an art class at the University of Utah.
• Fiber artist Lisa Flowers Ross: Attendance at a five day workshop on fiber dyeing on Whidbey Island.
• Painter Aryssa Hutchins: Attendance at a painting workshop with Bill Lewis at the Atlanta School.
• Oil pastel artist Kelley Cooper: Supplies for a Robert Moore workshop in Burley.
• Painter Casey Gurr: Participation in the Airbrush Action Workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada.
• Mixed media artist Stephanie Inman: Purchase of casting and mold-making materials to fabricate her own installation work.
• Painter Melissa Chambers: Art materials for an exhibition of new work.
• Painter Nate Field: Attendance and supplies for art classes at Fort Boise Art Center.
• Mixed media glass artist Katie Biedebach: Participation in a glass blowing workshop
• Photographer Aaron Rodriguez: Purchase of a scanner to scan his own work for professional printing.